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Mich. firefighter loses house in fire - 10/5/2009

By Andrew Dodson
The Bay City Times

FRANKENLUST TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Frankenlust Township volunteer firefighter's house went up in flames early Friday, burning the house down to just some walls and a frame.

Frankenlust Township Fire Department Fire Chief Karl Verity said no one was in the home at 6815 Two Mile at the time of the fire. The name of the firefighter, who was at work at the time, hasn't been released.

"His wife was up north with their son," Verity said, "and he was not at the home. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but unfortunately, it's one of our firefighters' homes."

The fire is under investigation, but Verity said it did not look suspicious.

A passer-by reported the fire at about 1:30 a.m. Friday, and crews were on the scene within about 10 minutes, Verity said.

Flames could be seen from the Frankenlust Township Fire Department on Delta Road.

"We believe it started in the garage ...," Verity said. "The garage was hooked to the house, and the fire traveled into the house.

"It looks like a total loss."

Fire crews from Monitor Township, Kochville Township and Bangor Township were called to assist.

"There are no hydrants close to the house," Verity said, "so we had to ask for additional water supplies from their tenders (water tanks)."

The scene was cleared at 6:50 a.m.

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